MCCAMEY Ardell Mancel Elliott, 93, passed away on Saturday, June 16, 2012 in the McCamey Convalescent Center at McCamey, Texas.|
Graveside services will be held at 10:00 A. M. on Tuesday, June 19th at the Garden of Memories Cemetery on Highway 16 in Comanche County, Texas.
The family will gather at the Heartland Funeral Home in Comanche on Monday, June 18th, from 7:00 to 8:00 P. M. and would like to welcome friends and family to come by and share memories. Condolences to the family may be left online at www.heartlandfuneralhome.net
Ardell was born on March 29, 1919 in Comanche County, Texas to Stokley Monroe Elliott and Mary Elizabeth "Bettie" Irby Elliott. He was born the ninth of their ten children, and was their last surviving child.
Because of hard economic times while growing up, Ardell began working at a very young age. He labored on area farms tilling, planting, chopping weeds, picking cotton, harvesting crops, and tending livestock to help his family survive during the Great Depression.
He served in the United States Army during the last months of World War II, and following his discharge from the Army, Ardell tried his hand at farming and raising livestock for a few years. Later, he went to work for the Comanche County Rural Electric Cooperative (R.E.A.) and found that he enjoyed working as a lineman on one of the construction crews.
He continued to work in the electrical business until his retirement, working for Electric Service Company in San Angelo, and Stephens' Electric and Latch Oil Company in McCamey. Later, he owned and operated Elliott Electric in McCamey for several years.
Ardell married Nellie Frances Jones in Comanche County on November 30, 1946, and they raised two sons together, Gary Mancel and David Ross, mainly in McCamey. Following his retirement, Ardell moved back to Comanche County and lived there for several years, until his health deteriorated.
He moved back to McCamey in 2005 to be closer to his sons and grandchildren.
Ardell was preceded in death by his parents, his former wife, Frances, four brothers, William Robert Elliott, Floyd Monroe Elliott, Sherman Irby Elliott, and Merlin Efford Elliott, and five sisters, Lela Pearl Shupp, Meda Jane McKee, Ada Alberta Johnston, Nellie Mae Swindle, and Lois Dorene Phillips, and a very special friend, Jo Stapp.
He is survived by two sons and their wives, Gary Elliott and his wife, Luann of McCamey and David Elliott and his wife, Julie of San Angelo; one grandson, Clifton Cody Elliott of Midland, three granddaughters, Connie Miles of McCamey, Amber Dawn Mings of Midland, and Reagan Michelle Elliott of San Angelo. He is also survived by three great-grandsons, Bradyn Ryan Medina and Cadyn Ramsey Miles of McCamey, and Hunter Elliott Mings of Midland.
In lieu of flowers and plants, please make memorial donations to the McCamey Veterans' Memorial Park Construction Committee, P. O. Box 1081, McCamey, Texas 79752.
Published in Odessa American on June 19, 2012